Now that Marc Maron isn't telling jokes on the air anymore, all I have to do is read the real news and listen to Deepa Fernandes do "wakeup call" on WBAI. I'm depressed as hell by the reports of Bush's speech last night. No, I didn't watch it. I just couldn't stomach it. There's something about this flagrant defense of indefensible activity that infuriates me. The flaccid responses by the congressional democrats aren't any more cheering. Too bad. At least we can count on Cindy Sheehan to tell it like it is.
Kucinich has a nice bill on the floor of the house. Good luck with that one.
If you're curious about the FISA court that people are talking about now, I recommend the episode of "This American Life" called "Secret Government." In the 15 minute discussion of the FISA court from January of 2003, TAL says that the court has never turned down a wiretap until that year, when
This past summer the court said issued an opinion that said Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Justice Department were going way too far in their zeal for wiretaps. It cited 75 cases in which the Justice Department tried to sneak around rules to protect Americans from surveillance. Blue Chevigny reports on attempts to loosen up the rules on who the government spies on here in the U.S., and on this first-ever glimpse inside this secret court.
* * * Reading about the Mayor's and Governor's comments to the transit workers union is also pretty disheartening. It hurts me when I read the Governor making such nasty remarks about his role in the negotiations.
However, maybe there will be a great spirit of solidarity in the city in the coming days. From everything I hear, it seems that a strike is unavoidable at this point, unless the MTA finally gives in on the pension demand. There's only one thing to be done when you find the morning news this depressing, and that's to go to a rally. Yes, indeed, right after I get done reviewing for finals with my students today, I'm planning on going to the TWU support rally at Pataki's office.
Here's where and when : in front of the governor's office at 633 Third Ave at 39 St., Monday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m.